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The Complete Film Production Handbook, 4th Edition by Eve Light Honthaner

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Chapter 13

 

Background Talent

 

 

Note that while The Screen Actors Guild has changed the designation of extra to that of background actor, for the purpose of this chapter, the terms extra, extra talent, background actor and background player are interspersed.

 

BACKGROUND CASTING AGENCIES

 

You can have incredible sets, actors who are amazing, costumes that are perfect and cinematography and lighting that will take your breath away, but if your extras don’t look as if they belong there, they’ll detract from the overall appearance of the entire film and diminish the extraordinary setting that you’ve worked so hard to create. Extras are called background because they’re more than just a bunch of people milling around your principal characters. ...

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